Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu's bank accounts frozen by GST department over service tax dues

According to a press release issued by the Hyderabad GST Commissionarate, Mahesh Babu has not paid the Service Tax during 2007-08 for the taxable services he rendered as brand ambassador, appearance money and advertising for promotion of products among others.

Press Trust of India December 28, 2018 09:28:30 IST
Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu's bank accounts frozen by GST department over service tax dues

Hyderabad: The Goods and Services Tax department on Thursday said it has attached the bank accounts of Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu to recover service tax dues from him.

Telugu superstar Mahesh Babus bank accounts frozen by GST department over service tax dues

Mahesh Babu. File image

According to a press release issued by the Hyderabad GST Commissionarate, Mahesh Babu has not paid the Service Tax during 2007-08 for the taxable services he rendered as brand ambassador, appearance money and advertising for promotion of products among others.

"The total tax due from him was Rs 1.85 million. Today, the GST department has attached his bank accounts in Axis Bank and ICICI Bank for an amount of Rs 7.35 million, which includes tax, interest and penalty," it said.

When contacted, a senior official of the GST department said Mahesh Babu failed to get any reprieve from any appellate authority on this issue.

"We have attached the bank accounts and started recovering... We have recovered Rs 4.2 million from Axis Bank today. Balance, ICICI bank has to pay by tomorrow."

Otherwise, action will be taken against ICICI Bank. Under section 74 of the Finance Act 1994, the bank is responsible for payment, sources told Press Trust of India.

They further said the 43-year-old actor cannot operate the bank accounts until he settles the tax dues with the department.

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